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Jhansi Tourism And Travel Guide
32° C / 89.5° F
November to March
3 to 4 Days
Gwalior (102 kms)
Jhansi is among the most historic cities of India. It is at the centre of Bundelkhand and to the south of UP. Jhansi lies between two rivers, Betwa and Pahuj. It is roughly 100 km from Gwalior and 258 km from New Delhi. The importance of Jhansi lies in its famous warrior queen Rani Laxmi Bai who was among those responsible for starting the Indian fight for independence. Today Jhansi has been selected to be a smart city by the Government of India. Tourism in Jhansi is best enjoyed between the months of November and March. Here is a quick travel guide for Jhansi.
How to Reach
Jhansi is very well located in India. It is near several of the principal tourist destinations in India. It is also possible to reach Jhansi by air, rail and road.
Jhansi is well connected by road with all the major cities in India. It has a bus service with Gwalior besides other cities. It will take around 9 hours to cover the distance to New Delhi by road.
Jhansi is best reached by rail from all the major cities in the country. There are fast trains from New Delhi as well as Mumbai.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Jhansi has a subtropical climate. It has hot summers and cold winters. It is best to visit Jhansi between November and March. February is a good month on account of the Jhansi Mahotsav then.
Summer (April to June):
It is very uncomfortably hot in Jhansi during this period and visitors will find it difficult to go out when the temperature could reach a massively hot 47°C.
Monsoon (July to September):
Jhansi receives around 900 mm of rainfall every year. The temperature during the monsoon period could be around 36°C, with fairly high humidity. During rainy spells, the roads tend to get flooded. Hence this is not the best time for a visit.
Winter (October to February):
Winters are very pleasant in Jhansi, although it does get fairly cold sometimes. Visitors will enjoy winters in Jhansi provided they are well clad. Jhansi Mahotsav is held in the month of February. Do try to attend it.
Things to Do
Visit the Impressive Jhansi Fort:
The entire environment of Jhansi revolves around its greatest citizen of all times, Rani Laxmi Bai, the queen of Jhansi. It is therefore natural that all tourists to Jhansi pay a visit to Jhansi Fort, which was once the residence of the warrior queen. One must see the two temples, of Shiva and Ganesh, as well as the cannon, Kadak Bijli that has seen the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny. The Sound and Light Show is also held at this fort.
Enjoy the beauty of Parichha Dam:
The Parichha Dam is truly very beautiful and located very close to Jhansi. Constructed more than 100 years back, it meets the requirement of providing drinking water for Jhansi. The scenic location is an excellent choice for picnic and boating with your family and friends.
Experience the natural ambience of Jhansi Herbal garden:
This is one place in Jhansi that will not tire you out. At the herbal garden you can stroll through lines of more than 20,000 herbal plants and these will help you feel rejuvenated.
Admire St Jude’s Shrine:
The story of this famous shrine has its beginning in 1946. The shrine attracts devotees from all over the world. If you reach the shrine on 28th October, St Jude’s Feast Day, you could participate in the annual fair that is attended by a large number of visitors with diverse religious backgrounds.
The Exquisite Mahalaxmi Temple:
Built in the 18th Century, the exquisitely carved Mahalaxmi Temple is a great tourist attraction. Visitors must not miss seeing this temple.
Where to Eat
There are quite a few nice places to eat in Jhansi. Try Opium or Haveli for vegetarian food and Cafe Grid & Godown for diverse culinary experience such as Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Japanese among others. Other than these, you will find that the local food is best eaten on stalls in the market or outside tourist attractions. Since this is MP, do eat chaat, aloo tikka, samosa and kulfi.
Jhansi is ideal as a tourist spot but not really for the shopaholics. Visitors love to shop though and they look for handicrafts, antiques and curios besides what Jhansi is famous for, its glass bangles. Besides these local crafts and knick-knacks, there isn't much shopping to do in Jhansi.